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Sidney P. Levinson (Sid)


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  • University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1988); Brandeis University (B.A. in Politics cum laude 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, California, and District of Columbia

Government Service

  • Trial attorney, Civil Division (bankruptcy and commercial litigation), U.S. Department of Justice (1992-1995)

Sid Levinson represents bondholders, secured lenders, debtors, trustees, and creditors committees in large and difficult restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. His representations have included major league sports teams, the retail and gaming industries, airlines, and real estate developers. His recent engagements include noteholders of Hot Topic and numerous other retailers; term lenders of Fontainebleau Las Vegas; and second lien noteholders of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, where Jones Day negotiated a settlement that resulted in more than $3 billion of additional value for the noteholders.

Before joining Jones Day in May 2012, Sid represented the Los Angeles Dodgers in their chapter 11 case, the chapter 11 trustee for Hawaiian Airlines, bondholders of NorthPoint Communications and Premier Entertainment Biloxi in the bankruptcy proceedings of those companies, and the largest secured lender in the Pacific Monarch Resorts bankruptcy. In addition he has served as lead trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including representing Hawaiian Airlines in obtaining an $80 million judgment (plus attorneys fees of $3.9 million) against Mesa Air Group arising from Mesa's breach of a confidentiality agreement. In 2010, Sid represented a group of noteholders in winning a $9.5 million judgment (plus an award of $1.5 million in interest) against a solvent debtor for violation of a no-call provision.

Sid has written and spoken extensively on restructuring issues and has served as a subcommittee co-chair for the ABA's Business Bankruptcy Committee. He served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum from 2007 to 2011 and is a former editor of the California Bankruptcy Journal.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, litigation — bankruptcy (2016-2019)

    Southern California Super Lawyers (2009-2017)

    Chambers USA, leading lawyer in bankruptcy/restructuring (2007-2017)

    The Legal 500 US, finance-corporate restructuring (2012)

    Who's Who Legal: restructuring & insolvency (2017)

    Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
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